Diego Costa was asking to be substituted today after a stunning performance against Leicester City: with 20 minutes to go, Chelsea up 2-0 and in control of the game, the Spanish striker thought most of the work was done, so he wanted to avoid the risk to get a yellow card thay would have meant to miss the clash against Manchester United next Sunday, since he was booked.
Antonio Conte refused to change him, despite Costa shouted his anger and disappointment to him, and he explained why after the game:
“If I can I retain Diego until the end of the game I will,” Conte explained after refusing to grant Costa’s request.
“He must understand this. For the team he is a player with great personality and if i can maintain him to the end of every game I will.
“I know today we rsiked it. If he took a yellow card he misses the game against Man United.
“But for me today’s is the most important game than the other games.
“Now we are beginning to think to the next game.”